This week, although a busy one which I didn't really spent a lot of time in my office, marked the end of my tour in my current appointment. It hasn't been awfully long since I took over, but I guess given the pace and tempo of our surroundings we can't really stop and appreciate the enviroment. At least not for too long. With the end of this tour, the guys in my company prepared a something as a form of a farewell gift for me. Though, technically I'm still in the same building with my new posting. Nevertheless, I really, really appreciate it very much and for those who are reading, thanks again. For those who still have no clue what I'm talking about, it's the model kit which you can see Rena happily holding on to, in the picture to the left. It's a 1/60 Perfect Grade Gundam 00 Raiser. I'm not sure how the guys got it, but it's not a cheap set if you check out the prices in the deparmental stores.
I used to be an avid Gundam collector, with my own airbrush kits and other modelling nessecities. I was passionate about it since the Seed series, and started airbrushing my kits after seeing how much different they look after the process. But as an impatient guy, I usually spend only 2 days to go up one 1/100 kit. I skip steps and do things chop chop, but I thought the results weren't too bad. In fact, I even wrote a dummies guide on it which you can check out here. It's a little dated though :)
But I've already sold my airbrush set to a friend lately, and there's no actual way for me to paint the kit. And for some one who's used to seeing his kits painted, it's hard to accept something which is not. Firstly, I'll need to rely on stickers which ruin the kit in my opinion, and secondly I don't like the original plastic feel of the pieces. Repainting them would get rid of the plastic effect and make the pieces look matte in comparison.
As a friend on a forum suggested, the other alternative would be to get those matte sprays, and use it on the completed model. All I need to do is to remove the clear parts. It doesn't solve the sticker problem, but there's not much to worry as PG sets uses more optional decals than stickers. I'll be checking up on these sprays and see whether I can find more information on the net.
The box itself is massive, and it comprises of 3 separate packages within. One of it holds the main parts of the actual Gundam, while the other box holds the parts for the attachment, 00 Raiser.
The 3rd package is the GN drive. It's actually battery operated and has light effects when turned on, to emulate the effects found in the anime. Pretty neat, though I'm sure it will be under utilised.
The 2 main boxes has lots of stuff inside, namely the parts for the kits and also some other stuff such as the decals, rubber pieces, batteries, and screws. Lots of them. Seems it will be hard work just getting the pieces cut out and smoothened.
Over 400 pieces of individual parts. This will surely take up some time. For now I've no plans to get started, but I'll definitely go check up on the matte spray first. If I don't need to plan ahead for the spray, I might start doing a little everyday (if I can find time and Rena isn't there to hide the pieces). I can't promise though, since I'm really very hasty and can't stand seeing something uncompleted. All of my Gundams are assembled in one day, and air brushed the next day. This will surely be the first to break that tradition, but I see it as something good. I'll be documenting the process here too, hopefully. Even if I complete the whole thing, there is still a problem of where to display it.... And yeah the guys also threw in the official stand (another separate package), so that would help a lot. :)
I also picked up some other stuff earlier this week. They include 4 Kamen Rider candy toys, in the form of Hibiki, Kiva, DiEnd, and Decade. Can't really remember when I ordered those, since I've not been collecting my ordered items for a while now. Also received my Master Grade Son Goku, which I finished piecing in around 3 hours (see what I mean). It's big, and really posable, hence the MG tag. No painting required too, and it looks cool. I've already ordered the Super Saiyan version coming next month too. Well, lots of new things to display, and running out of space. Notice Rena carrying yet another famous figure in the left picture. Until the next week, this will be all I've been buying. Ja!